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Black's tools in the Caro-Kann Advanced Tal Variation

I play the white side of this position often, and have an incredible winrate because to be honest, it feels very hard for black to develop naturally. Here's an example of how things can go wrong: [FEN ...
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Why I did not see the first-mover advantage in my game history?

The advantage White gets in a game is so small that it becomes completely irrelevant at low levels. What is the point of having such edge on your opponent if you at least are going to make an ...
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Can the White King capture the bishop?

A more complete answer: Is it legal? Yes, it's a legal king move and the king is not in check afterwards. Is it good? No, as after Ra4+ followed by Rxg4 White is a whole rook down instead of a light ...
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Are there any gambits which yield an advantage for the side down material?

While it's a gambit by Black, what about Tal's gambit? Black is scoring 55% in 228 grandmaster and elite correspondence games after 1 e4 c5; 2 f4 d5; 3 exd5 Nf6. I'd call Black doing better than 50% ...
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Who has the advantage in this position?

This position is not easy to assess. Indeed, white has a rook, but black has a bishop and two pawns for it, which is roughly equal material-wise. Also there are no open files, so white's rook do ...
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As Black, how do you deal with the double pawns in the Ruy Lopez exchange variation?

Short: You don't. Long: Those pawns will be a liability whatever you do (only in rare cases they do a breakthrough on the queenside - there was a very famous game with a b5 break), they aren't even ...
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How do I understand White's +6 advantage here?

It really is about king position, but also about how it affects the evaluation when it programmatically adds up the and compares the differences in mobility for each side's pieces. This is where you ...
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Who has the advantage here?

Black is better here, but this is much more due to piece activity and coordination than to the pawn structure. Once upon a time (i.e. a century ago), it was thought that such structures gave a big ...
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What did Benjamin Franklin mean in this quote?

That sentence is taken out of context. I copy here the text of the full paragraph, which answers your question: If the game is not to be played rigorously, according to the rules above mentioned, ...
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Are there any gambits which yield an advantage for the side down material?

Games 61/62 of the 17th TCEC season featured such a gambit: [FEN ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 c5 3. d5 Qb6 4. Nc3 White gambits the b2-pawn. After 4...Qxb2 5. Bd2, Stockfish evaluated the position as +0.61 ...
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Are there any gambits which yield an advantage for the side down material?

You can play the Queen's gambit if you go for 3.Nf3, actually offering your opponent a chance to stick to the pawn later on, so even if it's not a "real gambit" at move 2, you can turn it into one ...
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How to convert better positions and not to get swindled OTB?

There's an entire chapter in GM Yasser Seirawan's book Winning Chess Strategies dealing with this question. The chapter name is "Stopping Enemy Counterplay". You might want to take a look. ...
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What does an equal odds game look like for a GM vs an engine?

As of right now, the "equal odds" between a GM and an engine is about two pawns. I believe Hikaru Nakamura made that comment at some point in this match (I did not watch the entire video). ...
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Guide to using a book

How you should use the book is really a matter of opinion, but I very much believe in immersion learning, so rather than do a few every day for a longer period, I believe that doing as many as you can ...
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How do I understand White's +6 advantage here?

So, the simple way to reason out that white is winning is to look at the safety of black's king. White has a very simple plan of developing their bishop to g5, castling and then breaking open the ...
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What is the best way to continue the game in this situation and maintain my advantage?

I will expand a bit on the statements above. Just look objectively into the position: There is no threat to either king. Q+N can be a weapon of mass destruction, but nothing happens here. Everything ...
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What makes white's first move tempo advantage so valuable?

Having the first move often leads to another kind of advantage. This could be a lead in development, space, better placed pieces, or just pressure. Due to the first move advantage, white scores 53% ...
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Can this '+3.9' advantage be converted to a win?

Lines are no answers, at least if the long run counts ;-) First of all, it is necessary to know which piece-only endgames are drawn and which are won. RB/R is draw (even if a hell to defend, I'm ...
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Why does Stockfish give an evaluation of +7.42 here?

It's hard to explain why Stockfish goes for such a big advantage to White despite the fact of there being no direct winning continuation (according to Stockfish, White has several different moves and ...
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How to convert better positions and not to get swindled OTB?

I break down some points that may help. Mindset. Interestingly enough, getting the initiative and launching an attack on the king, or controlling a weakness, is rather intuitive. However, in the ...
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If I remove a king from one side, which side has an advantage?

Removing one player's king would have two effects: In the endgame the king is notionally worth 4 points as an attacking piece, more than a knight or bishop and almost as much as a rook. That is a ...
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Ponziani 5.. Nce7?! why is this a blunder?

Per Stockfish After 4... Qd7 White is already up by about 0.68. 5. ed5 is a mistake, going back to equality, better was Bb5, pinning. But then, after 5...Ne7, White is up by about 2 pawns. Then after ...
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Why does Stockfish give an evaluation of +7.42 here?

I'm a beginner so take everything I say with a grain of salt. Here is what I see. The difference in quality of the pieces does really stand out. White wide open bishops on the long diagonals dominant ...
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As Black, how do you deal with the double pawns in the Ruy Lopez exchange variation?

Yes I agree this seems cumbersome. But I might suggest using that as a solid defense. Since double pawns make it trickier to try and attack your king, especially if you castle queenside. Even if you ...
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Who has the advantage in this position?

While the computer says it is still roughly equal, I would MUCH rather play black here. After whatever move white makes, black will play Qf6 and e5 in the next two moves, and then I like the central ...
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Who has the advantage here?

Assuming black to move, black is definitely better, but he still must make sure that his Be6 cannot be driven to the unfavorable c8 square, or that too many trades occur along the d-file. I concur ...
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Who has the advantage here?

The position is roughly equal but I would give a slight edge to black based on piece placement and the queenside majority. All 4 of white's pieces seem to be misplaced where black is a little better ...
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Who has the advantage here?

Black is slightly better though a draw is still the most likely outcome. White's a3-knight is poor, and Black has the superior bishop (White's f3-bishop is somewhat "bad" due to the e4-pawn). Also, ...
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